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1978-May-27 - Filming for the Neil Young film Human Highway at Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California.
DEVO performed “Shrivel Up” to audio playback of the studio version, wearing a DOVE type costume, then showed their “Satisfaction” short film/video as an intermission, and finally performed “Come Back Jonee” to playback.
Additionally “...a tape of the DEVO album had it's first public airing."[1]
This "Come Back Jonee" staged performance appears in the film Human Highway (partial Mabuhay Gardens performance).
During DEVO's performance, Spazz Attack appears as a stage diver, before Neil Young takes the stage. DEVO was filmed wearing the black cowboy outfits, after a costume change from the "Shrivel Up" performance.[1]
DEVO did not obtain the film footage of the “Shrivel Up” staged performance. This track does not appear in any release edit of the film. No music video was made from this footage.
For more, see:
The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
DEVO: The Brand / Devo: Unmasked
Snyder M., “Neil Young Meets DEVO”, Berkeley Barb, Volume 27, Issue 24 (670). p12. (1978, June 16-22). Photo by Chester Simpson.[1]
Trivia / Info:
  • In 1977, DEVO had agreed to participate in Neil Young and Dean Stockwell’s film.
  • In 1978, DEVO and Booji Boy were first filmed at Different Fur recording studios in San Francisco.
  • In 1979, DEVO and Booji Boy would subsequently film “Worried Man” and other footage in Hollywood, while beginning work on their third album.
  • Chester Simpson was one of the still photographers documenting this May 1978 event.[2][3]
  • Artist and filmmaker Bruce Conner was one of the still photographers documenting this event. A widely exhibited photograph is titled “Devo: Spaz About to Flip, May 1978”.[4][5] Buy it if you want.
  • The late Jeff Good[6] was one of the still photographers documenting this event. A widely reproduced photograph is DEVO "backstage" at Mabuhay Gardens wearing their dark cowboy outfits. [7]
  • Richard Peterson did a photoshoot of DEVO in the dark cowboy outfits.
    In one of the photographs, Alan and Bob 1 are smiling.[8]
  • Bruce, Richard and Chester had photographs published in the ‘zine Search and Destroy from '77 to '79.[9]
  • Ten spuds won tickets - which were not for sale - from a "GALA DEVO ART COMPETITION/COME-AS-YOU-ARE PARTY" held at Rather Ripped Records on Sunday, May 21.Flyer.
Advertising Art:
Event Posters/Flyers -
(Gas Mask) - "D.E.V.O. : Saturday, May 27, 1978 1:00 P.M. : Mabuhay Gardens: 443 Broadway - S.F. 956-3316”
Color
B/W
(Welder) - “DEVO: devo Worker: Sat May 27: 443 Broadway San Francisco: Mabuhay Gardens: Telephone: (415) 956-3315" [Signed “BASILE”]
B/W
Contest Flyer -
"DEVO: RATHER RIPPED".[10]
B/W
Entry Ticket -
D.E.V.O.…” “…Release And Authorization…[11]
References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Michael Snyder. “Neil Young Meets DEVO”. Berkeley Barb. Volume 27, Issue 24 (670). p12. (1978, June 16-22). Photo by Chester Simpson.
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/community.28033689
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E2aCDNFUcAU4lfk?format=jpg&name=large (https://archive.ph/7ucnu/image).

    Via X / twitter post by @tywilc
    https://x.com/tywilc/status/1397948052829134852/photo/1

  2. *Photos by Chester Simpson of this and other DEVO events are available. Buy them if you want.

    "DEVO". Punk - Alternative - New Wave. Gallery. Chester Simpson Photography, LLC. rock-n-rollphotos.com
    https://www.rock-n-rollphotos.com/gallery/punk---alternative---new-wave/devo

  3. Simpson’s photographs continue to be exhibited.

    "We Are the One: San Francisco Punk, 1970s –1980s". Haight Street Art Center. Exhibition, (2024, July 25 - Sept. 22).
    https://haightstreetart.org/pages/we-are-the-one-san-francisco-punk-1970s-1980s (From archive.org).

  4. https://www.mutualart.com/Exhibition/Bruce-Conner--Mabuhay-Gardens--Punk-Phot/4C31CE937797245E

    https://visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&aID=1157

  5. Ray Mark Rinaldi. "For punk rock, a not-so-rebellious rebirth as fine art ". Entertainment. Things To Do. The Denver Post, (2012, March 31).
    https://www.denverpost.com/2012/03/31/for-punk-rock-a-not-so-rebellious-rebirth-as-fine-art-2/ (From archive.org).

  6. "We Are the One: San Francisco Punk, 1970s –1980s”, Haight Street Art Center, Exhibition, July 25-September 22, 2024.
    https://haightstreetart.org/pages/we-are-the-one-san-francisco-punk-1970s-1980s

    “Also on exhibit will be photos by the late Jeff Good and the late Bobby Castro.”

  7. " Photography By Jeff Good". Punk Globe.
    https://www.punkglobe.com/jeffgood.html
    https://punkglobe.com/images/DevoBackstage.jpg

    JEFF GOOD Purely Punk by Jeff Good + Keith B (2001).
    https://archive.org/details/JeffGoodPurelyPunk<

  8. Search and Destroy #9, 1978

  9. “Bruce Conner”. Artists. Hosfelt Gallery.
    https://hosfeltgallery.com/artists/67-bruce-conner/

    “In 1977 Conner saw Devo perform at a local club, Mabuhay Gardens, and was invited by the punk zine Search and Destroy to document the emerging punk rock scene. Conner embraced the project, likening it to ‘combat photography’.”

    Ginger Coyote. "Photographer Richard Alden Peterson". Punk Globe Magazine, (2024, May).
    https://new.punkglobe.com/may-2024-photographer-richard-alden-peterson/ (From archive.org).

  10. "Flyer announcing a Rather Ripped competition to win tickets for a DEVO show at the Mabuhay Gardens on May 27, 1978."
    blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEiTtXinJp3MCHOGGiHCDjDuokoSCCqZs9gmtbChXTfnSpG91l3HpCUsFuXF0Hu7pMyyqa41SY3aBfme5Z1C-JBTlqSv14MYUkm0mP2xSKCF22b8ve9L1caRe5Yik04SNBAsyTXG9kZXPy9E/s1600/Flyer+1.jpg (https://archive.ph/bmW6P)

    Devorah Ostrov. "The Story Of Rather Ripped Records - Where Every Record Was A New Release & Chaos Was Guaranteed!" Tales From A Former Fanzine Journalist. [Blog post,] (2022, July 7).
    https://devorahostrov.blogspot.com/2020/08/the-story-of-rather-ripped-records.html (From archive.org).

  11. https://x.com/tywilc/status/1397948052829134852/photo/3

Links:
"DEVO - 05/27/78 - Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA". DEVO Live Guide.
huboon.com/1978.html (https://archive.ph/wip/eODHc)
[Concert Posters/Flyers and Photos by Chester Simpson]
huboon.com/devo780527.html (From archive.org).
Human Highway (feature film)
Chester Simpson Photography, LLC. https://www.rock-n-rollphotos.com/
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